Ruth Eleanor Townsend Gilbert
Ruth Eleanor Townsend Gilbert, of New Castle, died July 31, 2002 at the Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 82.
She was born in Laurel and has been a resident of Delaware for three years. She previously lived in Chester, Pa.
Mrs. Gilbert worked as a governess for Edward and Maryland Bellet and worked for the Bellet family for 38 years. She was a member of Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington. She was educated in the Salisbury, Md. Schools.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George W. and Mary Gordy Townsend; her husband, Percy Gilbert; her siblings, Christine Jacobs, Beatrice Gilbert, Linwood Townsend, Benjamin Townsend, Viola Gordy, Martha Townsend, Douglass Townsend and Edna Townsend; and longtime companion, Alex Everett.
She is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Evon Gilbert Chapman (James Allen) of New Castle; a son, Alex Thomas Gilbert (Frances Deputy) of New Castle; a sister, Mary Hester Townsend of Salisbury, Md.; six grandchildren, Geislaine Jackson of Newark, Chyrrea Sebree, Esq. (Gordon) of Middletown, Darrin Campbell (Marilyn) of Elizabeth, N.J., Miesha Bryant of Philadelphia, Pa., Alexis Ruth Neal and Caress Aliccia Gilbert, both of Newark; six great grandchildren, Jermeir Stroud, ReSean Freeman, Chet'La Sebree, Shaneice Campbell, Journee Neal and Jabree Bryant; a daughter-in-law, Bernadette Gilbert of Newark; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held Aug. 4 at the Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church, Wilmington.
Interment was in the Haven Memorial Cemetery, Chester Township, Pa.
Arrangements by the Earl L. Foster Funeral Home, Chester, Pa.
Nicky L. McCormick
Nicky L. McCormick, of Chesapeake City, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003. He was 44.
Born on January 5, 1959, in Elkton, he was the son of William R., Sr., and Patricia Hall McCormick, of Elkton. Mr. McCormick was a maintenance technician for Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc., in Newark.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his siblings, William R. McCormick, Jr., of Cecilton, Md., Carrie A. Kelly, of Fair Hill, Md., Davy G. McCormick, and Terry L. Clifton, both of Elkton, Md.; two nephews; three nieces; and his loving companion, Teri-Lin Ammermon, of Chesapeake City.
Funeral services were held, Saturday, Aug. 2, at Hicks Home For Funerals, in Elkton. Interment was in the Elkton Cemetery.
Keitha Ruth Webb
Keitha Ruth Webb, of Wilmington, passed away at home on Thursday, July 31, 2003. She was 88.
Keitha was born in Pittston, Pa. She was the daughter of the late William and Thressa Perschau. Keitha was a homemaker, and will be remembered by her many friends for her love of dancing, especially the Polka.
In addition to her parents, Keitha was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Darwin; and four sisters, Dorothy Moss, Betty Klocko, Joan Tetrai, and Dorcas Perschau.
She is survived by her loving husband, Edgar R. Webb, with whom she would have celebrated 70 years of marriage on August 2; three daughters, Ruth W. Cox of Newark; Edna E. Ritter, of Lewes, and Joyce L. Miller, of Townsend; two sisters, Edith Gross and Alice Lolli, both of Pittston, Pa; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and five step-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, in New Castle. Interment was at Gracelawn Memorial Park. The family suggests contributions in Keitha's memory to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140, Attn: Administration.
Irvin ‘Ace’ Taylor
Florence M. Taylor
Irvin S. "Ace" Taylor and Florence M. Taylor, of Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, formerly of Odessa and Rehoboth, have passed away.
Ace passed away on Wednesday July 30, 2003 and his wife of 71 years, Florence, passed away on Sunday August 3, 2003. Mr. Taylor was born on April 19, 1907, graduated from Wilmington High School, Goldey-Beacom College, and the University of Delaware with a degree in mechanical engineering. He had worked for Bancroft Mills, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the DuPont Company, Cantwell Insurance Company and retired as Secretary-Treasurer of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company in Wilmington.
Ace was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed bowling and golf. He won 11 varsity letters at the University of Delaware and was captain of the 1929 football team. Ace was elected into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of Washington Lodge #1 AF&AM in Wilmington, a former treasurer of Friends of Old Drawyers Church, a member of Hockessin United Methodist Church and a Rotarian.
Mrs. Taylor was born on February 7, 1908 in Wilmington to former Governor Richard C. McMullen and his wife Florence. She graduated from Wilmington High School and the Mary Lyon School, which is now part of Swarthmore College.
Florence's primary interest was her family. She was a member of the Wilmington Century Club, the Junior League, the State Library Commission and was a guide for Winterthur in Odessa. Other interests included playing bridge, reading, and needlework.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were preceded in death by their daughter, Judith Harrington. They are survived by two sons and their wives; Dr. Richard and Marilyn Taylor of Dover, and David and Evelyn Taylor of Baltimore, Md., seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin. Interment will be private.
Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., 100 W. 10th St., Wilm., De. 19801.
Kellen James Poultney
Kellen James Poultney, of Middletown, died suddenly on Friday, August 1, 2003, at Christiana Hospital. He was 20.
Kellen was a junior at the University of Delaware in Newark. He worked part-time for the Meadowood School Special Education Program in Newark. He was a 2001 graduate of Middletown High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He also played Varsity Baseball for the Cavaliers and had played baseball with the M.O.T. Little League. He was a volunteer coach with Delaware Special Olympics.
Kellen was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Francis and Beatrice Oakes.
He is survived by his parents, Len and Connie Poultney and a sister, Jacy, all of Middletown; his paternal grandparents, Jim and Doris Poultney of Middletown; a paternal great grandmother, Margaret Poultney of Newark; and his beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, who he cared for very much.
Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Price Hall, St. Joseph's Complex, located in Middletown. Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kellen Poultney Baseball/Academic Scholarship Fund, c/o Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Rd., Middletown, DE.
Sheila Marie Demczak
Sheila Marie Demczak, of Smyrna, died on Saturday, August 2, 2003 at her home. She was 34.
Ms. Demczak was born in Wilmington, on October 25, 1968. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and was a fan of the singer and actor, Billy Ray Cyrus.
She is survived by two sons, Shawn Eustace and Daryl Demczak, both at home; parents, Jerome and Carol (Reynolds) Kendzierski of Smyrna; brother, Dicky Cole of Wilmington; four sisters, Nancy, Shirley, Sissy, and Tammy, all of S.C.; cousin, Marie Steele of Oxford, Pa.; and many aunts and uncles.
A funeral service will be held at noon, Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, Wilmington Manor, New Castle, where friends may call after 10 a.m.
Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, Minquadale, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Daryl Demczak and Shawn Eustace Trust Fund, c/o Commerce Bank, 1001 Songsmith Drive, Bear, DE, 19701.
Thomas D. Winchester
Thomas D. Winchester, of Smyrna, formerly of Hockessin, and Castle Hills, New Castle, died at home on Sunday, August 3, 2003. He was 62.
Mr. Winchester attended Hockessin School, Richardson Park School for two years and then Conrad High School.
He worked for Brandywine Oil Company as a truck driver and learned to be a burner service mechanic. He also worked for Diamond Fuel Oil as a service mechanic for nine years. His last employment was at Shellhorn & Hill until his retirement in 1998.
Mr. Winchester is survived by his wife Mary Ann; son, Jules S. Van Sant, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Tanya Van Sant; three grandchildren, Tara, Alexis and Maddison all of Wilmington; sister, Joan Caleb of Delaware City; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and James Allen of Quarryville, Pa.; brother Chandler Winchester of Bear, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. where friends may call from 1-3.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720 or Heartland Hospice Services, Inc, The Stockton Building, 261 Chapman Road, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19702.
Dorothy L. Fromal
Dorothy L. Fromal, of Anthony, Fla., died August 2, 2003 at Ocala Regional Medical Center. She was 69.
She was born in Marcus Hook, Pa., and came to New Castle in 1980. She was a housewife.
She is survived by her husband, Francis D. Fromal, Sr., of Anthony, Fla.; three sons, Francis D. Fromal, Jr., of Ocala, Fla., Daniel W. Fromal, of Surfside Beach, S.C., and Dennis K. Fromal, of Middletown; a daughter, Donna M. Pritchard, of Ocala, Fla.; a brother, James Vincent Conte, of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 4, at Hiers Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kathy Moore, of the Kendrick United Methodist Church, officiating.
Ronald Anthony Malafronti
Ronald Anthony Malafronti, of Townsend, died at home, Wednesday, July 30, 2003. He was 57.
Services wee held on Monday, Aug. 4, in the Fairies Funeral Chapel, Smyrna.
Robert R. Gracey, Sr.
Robert R. Gracey, Sr. of Millsboro, formerly of Claymont, died July 29, 2003 at home after a long illness. He was 74.
Bob was a conductor for Amtrak for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Elks Lodge Wilmington 307 and American Legion Post 28 Millsboro. He was an avid golfer and a member of Rock Manor Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Janette B. Gracey; children, Robert R. II and his wife Deborah of Bear, Philip D. and his wife Nicole of Middletown, and Guy B., two brothers, John and Harold of Philadelphia, a sister Virginia Barbieri of Virginia Beach, and two grandchildren also survive him.
Visitation will be private.
Services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Chapel at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Bob's name to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Alvergia Chandler, daughter of the late Byard and Ethel Caulk, formerly of Townsend, went home to be with the Lord and Savior on Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City, where she had been a resident for five years, 10 months. She was 97.
She was the wife of the late John Chandler. She was the mother of the late Sabena Burks. She was preceded in death by two sisters; and one brother. She is survived by one sister, Althea A. Matthews and her husband, Rev. James S.; a devoted nephew, Richard Chandler; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, July 28, at Lee Haven United Methodist Church, Townsend. Burial was in Lee Haven Cemetery.
Ms. Roxann C. Bennett, of Newark, went to be with the Lord after a long illness on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at her daughter’s home in Middletown. She was 51.
A native Delawarean, Ms. Bennett was born in Wilmington on January 7, 1954, daughter of the late Leroy Knight and Clara Hopkins Knight. She was a talented homemaker and loved spending time with her daughter and grandchildren throughout her life. A devout Christian, Ms. Bennett attended worship services at Asbury United Methodist Church and read her Bible daily. In her leisure time, she greatly enjoyed taking long walks in the park.
She is survived by her daughter, Shannon L. Slingwine and her husband, Vincent G., of Middletown; two brothers, Leroy Knight, of Bear, and Harry Knight, of Earleville, Md.; six sisters, Beverly Cannon, of New Castle, Barbara Craven, of Middletown, Diane Delancey, of Townsend, Mildred Roberts, of Newark, Deborah Pulice, of Georgetown, and Cynthia Chavis of Newark; and two grandsons, Shane Slingwine and Nicholas Slingwine.
A funeral service was held Friday, July 29, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. Interment followed in the adjoining memorial park.
Timothy J. Graham, of Middletown, died Friday, July 29, 2005, in an auto accident. He was 27.
Timothy was born September 25, 1977. Timothy worked at Chrysler Assembly in Newark, for six-and-a-half years.
He is survived by his father and mother William and Jackie; sister Nikki Graham, of Middletown; and grandmother Ida Clough, of Cecilton, Md. He is also survived by best friends Larry Campbell and Dale Carroll, plus all family members.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, August 3, at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment was in Old St. Anne’s Cemetery, Middletown.
James A. Kennedy, Jr., of Newark, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005. He was 59.
He is survived by his son, Joseph J. Kennedy, of Newark; mother, Edith S. Kennedy, of Newark; and siblings, Jane E. Mosher, of Kenton, Gerald A. Kennedy, of Townsend, Michael C. Kennedy, of Marshallton, June M. Kennedy, of New Castle, and Robert P. Kennedy, of Newark.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 30, at Immaculate Conception Church, Bow Street, Elkton, Md.
Anna May Panaro Racine, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday morning, July 27, 2005. Her passing was due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident at Red Lion and Summit Bridge roads on Tuesday, July 12, 2005. She was 81.
Mrs. Racine was born in Wilmington on August 28, 1923, daughter of the late William and Mary (McKay) Johnson. A homemaker, she worked as a seamstress at Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre and retired in 1988 after 10 years of service. She was a long-standing member of the Loyal Order of Moose Chapter No. 1418 in New Castle and achieved the highest degree of “Collegian.” Her favorite pastime was dancing.
Mrs. Racine was predeceased by her first husband, Daniel J. Panaro; her second husband, Maurice D. Racine; her brothers, Owen, Raymond, Earl and Buster Johnson; and her sisters, Bertha Schweitzer and Florence Fusco.
Mrs. Racine is survived by her children, Mary T. Willett, with whom she lived, Daniel J. Panaro, Jr., Earl G. Panaro and Christine A. Panaro; her sisters, Alice Bowers and Loretta Robertson; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Theresa M. Spear, whom she helped raise.
A funeral service was held at the Charles P. Arcaro Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Delaware Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery.
Robert J. “Doc” Eule, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at the Christiana Hospital. He was 66.
Robert was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived most of his life in the New York/New Jersey area. As a young man, he served his country in the U.S. Navy and earned a degree from William Paterson College in Paterson, N.J. Robert was a school teacher in the New Jersey School system for more than 25 years, the last 15 of which were dedicated to helping children with mental disadvantages. “Doc” was a dedicated teacher, a loving husband and a doting father, who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; three sons, Robert, Christopher and Joseph; one daughter, Linda Hoffmann; one sister Gail Dorr; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Stanton-Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19713, Attn: Ginny Loos.
Thomas G. Abbott, of Millsboro, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 30, 2005. He was 84.
Tom was a United States Veteran of WWII, serving in the 25th infantry division. He retired from General Motors Boxwood Road Plant after 30 plus years of service. He also served as the Building Inspector for the City of Rehoboth. Tom was a member of the Mill Creek Fire Company and Armstrong Lodge No. 26 AF & AM of Delaware.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was predeceased by his parents, Wilmer and Pearl Abbott; and his brothers, Edward, Luther and Paul Abbott.
Tom is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth N. Abbott; his daughter, Gail R. Willoughby and her husband, Joseph, of Middletown; his son, Thomas W. Abbott and his wife, Barbara, of Georgetown; his brother, Wilmer E. Abbott, of Dover; his sister, Betty Manley, of Elkton, Md.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, on Thursday, August 4, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 8 pm.